We fielded about 60,000 points between both teams. Imperials won 20-1 (objectives are scored during each players turn). It was much closer than the objective points show, though. The xenos players took a huge risk in reserving their entire army at the beginning.
Overall, it was a TON of fun. So many things died... my TL autocannon dread knocked down two flyers! My titan died in a hail of railgun fire. The thunderhawk went down like a baby to a few Eldar flyer shots. Three land raiders raced up the middle and unloaded terminators into the Eldar line. Tyranid monstrosities rampaged through marines...
Please forgive all the unpainted Mantis Warriors. I have about 1/4 of my points painted so far. Bill's Salamanders are 99% painted.
I will say I greatly enjoyed this battle because of the huge field. I think sometimes when I read about military campaigns I imagine these huge battles where thousands of men were moved around, flanks turned, etc. It is nearly impossible to do that in a regular 40k game because troops are so fast and the field so small. In this game I genuinely felt the pressure of holding the left flank and hoping my men didn't collapse. The chapter banner definitely helped in keeping them in the battle!
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|Turn 1 lineup. Xenos forces reserved their entire army. Salamanders (about 7,000 points) were held in reserve. Mantis Warriors were to prove their loyalty to the emperor!|
|The center of our line. To the right of the Mantis Warriors the Space Lions, a very elite force, planned to break the enemy line.|
|Space Lion tanks|
|The Mantis Warriors move up on the first turn to capture an objective. The Stormraven held the Contemptor and a vanguard vets.|
|Drop pods drop to the planet and begin to hold key tactical points. Predators move up to hold the midfield.|
|Salamander drop pods drop down in front of Space Lion tanks.|
|The Fortress of Redemption is held by the Grey Knights, including a warhound titan.|
|More midfield shots.|
|In the bottom of turn 2 the enemy took to the field. The tyranids were being held in bondage by tau wiles.|
|The eldar also brought a small force onto the board to enable the rest to come through a warpgate.|
|Tau Tiger Shark!! Huge!!|
|Tau flyer gives my Stormraven an eskimo kiss. Spent all week painting the raven and it didn't fire a shot, lol.|
|The thunderhawk came in on turn 3 and started shooting. It was my job to hold the left flank at all costs. Four tyranid hierodules, four flyers, and numerous rail guns pointed at my troops.|
|The warhound titan Impetus Maero held the center.|
|Whole battlefield shot!|
|The stormraven used to be here. Lelith landed and killed a ton of dudes|
|The day is getting long and the Tau decide to make their move.|
|The two land raiders survived the day! We entered the battle with five and lost one just barely at the end.|